Meet the crew at Dive Friends Bonaire

  • Pascal
    General Manager

    Originally from Belgium, Pascal has lived and worked on Bonaire for over 20 years and has been in the diving industry for over 30 with over 5,000 hours underwater as a sports diver, dive instructor and commercial diver and taught hundreds of recreational divers.

    Pascal

  • Judith
    Administration

    Judith Abdul came to work for Dive Friends Bonaire as an administrator and later as a bookkeeper. Judith has been doing this work since 1993. During the years, Judith has amassed lots of experience. She likes her job and also enjoys interacting with all the people around her. Judith lives on Bonaire with her husband. Her two daughters are away studying in The Netherlands.

    Judith

  • Daniel
    Operations
    PADI Instructor
    TDI Instructor

    Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After 8 years of serving the army Daniel decided to make his passion into a job. Before arriving in Bonaire he was teaching in Thailand, Indonesia and the Bahamas. Daniel loves the fact once you’re underwater, you’re only busy with enjoying the moment and nothing else.

    Daniel

  • Alex
    CDT Manager
    PADI IDC Staff Instructor, SDI Instructor, and SSI Instructor

    Alex grew up in the shadow of the Heineken (favorite beer) Brewery in the Netherlands where he worked for several years. He has worked in Menorca, L’Escala, Playa del Carmen, Xcalak, Saba and Tortola. He enjoys first time divers just as much as helping divers improve during technical training.

    Alex

  • Alexis
    Hamlet Oasis Manager
    PADI Divemaster

    Alexis has been diving since 2008 with her first dives in Curacao. She is from the Netherlands and misses her family back home but likes the relaxed atmosphere in Bonaire and the people at Dive Friends Bonaire. She can usually be found at the Hamlet Oasis location.

    Alexis

  • Gift
    Courtyard by Marriott Manager PADI Divemaster

    Born in Nigeria, Gift grew up in Italy and speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish! A born traveller, Gift first started diving in Honduras where she became hooked on the feeling of flying, as well as the colorful beauty underwater. A warm and friendly person herself, Gift identifies with the great weather and lovely people she meets on Bonaire. Come find her at our newest location at Courtyard by Marriott!

    Gift

  • Ilsa
    Sand Dollar Manager
    PADI Instructor

    Ilsa has an English father and Dutch mother but grew up mostly in Canada. Since 1996 she has been traveling and diving around the world including 10 years sailing the Caribbean. She loves working at Dive Friends Bonaire where everyone truly is a friend.

    Ilsa

  • Jeffrey
    Dive Inn Manager
    PADI IDC Staff Instructor
    IAHD Instructor

    Jeffrey is from the Netherlands and learned to dive there when he was only 12. Before coming to Bonaire, he worked he worked at his father’s dive school in the Netherlands. Jeffrey likes the tranquility of being under the water and Bonaire is perfect because it is so easy to dive and has great underwater life.

    Jeffrey

  • Martin
    Port Bonaire Manager
    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    From the Netherlands, Martin started diving in 1991 and first came to Bonaire to dive in 1995. After 20 years working in a bakery, it was time to for a change and he came to Bonaire to work as an instructor. You can find Martin at the Port Bonaire location.

    Martin

  • Robert
    Yellow Submarine Manager
    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    From the Netherlands, Robert’s first dives were in a swimming pool in the Netherlands and then here in Bonaire. His favorite part of the job is the variety and teaching courses from Open Water to specialities. Favorite part of Bonaire is the relaxed life and warm waters but he misses his daughter and BigMacs from back home.

    Robert

  • Alex
    PADI Instructor

    Alex was born in California but she learned to dive 4.5 years ago, in the cold waters of the Virginian quarries. She fell in love with the feeling of being underwater and also the silence (no one is talking!). Eventually she decided to move on to warmer waters and completed her IDC in Honduras. She loves working at Dive Friends because the crew is so diverse. Her favorite Bonaire sea creature is the Ocean trigger fish.

    Alex

  • Antonia
    Dushi Style Retail

    Antonia was born and raised on Bonaire and has been working with Dive Friends Bonaire for over 13 years. She believes the most important thing is how you treat the customers. She enjoys speaking with customers and telling them everything about the products. She likes to treats everyone with love and respect and keep them returning year after year.

    Antonia

  • Caitlin
    PADI MSTD Instructor

    Caitlin will tell you she’s English and American, with an accent stuck in the middle of the ocean. She grew up between the two and has traveled around the world as a PADI MSDT for the last 9 years. She is extremely enthusiastic about all things diving & marine life/behavior! She loves to teach courses, hunt/eat lionfish, work with sea turtles & lead clean ups. Find something cool underwater & you’ll hear her squeal, or maybe even get a hug!

    Caitlin

  • Cary
    PADI Instructor

    Cary has just arrived from South Lake Tahoe, California but is originally from South Carolina, USA. She began scuba diving 20 years ago and completed her IDC in a spring fed crater in Utah. For 9 years, she has been a professional snowboard instructor in California, Colorado, and Australia. She is excited to be living on an island with amazing reefs and where the water is much warmer than Lake Tahoe.

    Cary

  • David
    PADI Instructor

    David is from Barcelona where he began free diving at 14. He fell in love with the ocean and took up scuba diving in his early 20s. Within a few years, he was a dive instructor and has worked all over the world. He loves the feeling of weightlessness in the water and enjoys sharing this with his students.

    David

  • Darcy
    Dive Ops

    Darcy was born in Curacao and first learned to dive there at the Sea Aquarium in 1997. He has been diving ever since and working in the dive industry at various dive shops in Curacao. He moved his family to Bonaire and now has been working for Dive Friends for over a year.

    Darcy

  • Davy
    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    From Baarlo NL, Davy started diving while traveling around Australia. He was drawn towards the “instructor life” and completed his IDC with Dive Friends Bonaire. He is happy to turn his hobby into his work. Davy loves the freedom of diving in Bonaire; grab a tank and go! and being able to BBQ every day.

    Davy

  • ET
    PADI Divemaster

    ET is from Bonaire and has spent his life around the water. His grandmother was a diver and needed a buddy so he learned to dive from her. He quickly fell in love with diving and wanted to take his skills to the next level so he worked his way up to Divemaster. He loves joking with our customers to make them smile and feel at home.

    ET

  • Ivo
    PADI Instructor

    Ivo is from the Netherlands and grew up watching fish in the fish tank next to his bed. Once he was 18 and could drive, Ivo drove himself to another town for classes and became certified. He loves that he can meet others with the same hobby and teach new people how to dive; watching them grow and become better divers.

    Ivo

  • Jack
    PADI Dive Master

    Jack was born in Germany but grew up in the US. He comes from a family of divers so he learned to dive at just 10 years old in Cozumel. A love for the underwater world clearly runs in the family as he has already worked he way up to Dive Master and dreams of eventually becoming a commercial diver. He loves the friendly diving community on Bonaire and how laid back every one is. His favourite fish is the Queen Angel.

    Jack

  • Jason
    Dive Ops

    Jason is from Curacao but started diving here on Bonaire. He would go snorkeling and see all the fish but wanted to go deeper and get closer. Now he can get closer and find new fish on each dive. He likes helping and meeting divers from all over the world. You can find him filling tanks at our Port Bonaire or Yellow Submarine locations.

    Jason

  • Jeroen
    PADI Divemaster

    Jeroen is originally from Brabant in the Netherlands. After 30 years of working in restaurants and bars, he decided to change his life. He always loved to play on and in the water so scuba diving was the logical next step. He has since turned his weekend hobby into a new carrier on Bonaire. He enjoys his work as a divemaster with the DFB team and he enjoys learning new things daily.

    Jeroen

  • Jesika
    Marketing & Communications
    PADI Instructor / SSI Instructor

    Jesika grew up in the Yukon, Canada before moving to the Netherlands to do her PhD and discovered both the Dutch Antilles as well as her passion for diving. She had a long love affair with Bonaire before finally moving to the most beautiful place on Earth and she definitely does not miss the weather back home. Although the days are very busy, every day is different and she loves seeing her students smile.

    Jesika

  • Jethro
    PADI MSTD Instructor

    Jethro is American with a little bit of Dutch. He started diving in 2010 during his Marine Biology studies in Seattle. Jethro has previously worked in Portugal before moving here to Bonaire. Jethro prefers people to get to know the real him, so make sure you catch him for a conversation or ask him about lionfish hunting. He will really open up then. His favourite dive sites remain secret in order to protect these sites, but if you’re lucky he may give you a recommendation or two.

    Jethro

  • Joan
    Front Desk

    Joan was born on Bonaire and she has lived her whole life here. She has worked in a dive shop for the past 16 years and she still loves every day. She enjoys seeing how happy all the divers are when they come back from their dives. She loves to help people and she always greets the customers with a big smile. She likes to spend her free time with her friends and lovely family.

    Joan

  • Joost
    PADI Instructor

    Joost is from the Netherlands. After having lived and worked in Asia and Australia for the past 5 years he decided to make the jump to the other side of the world to try his luck. He loves the silence deep down and never gets bored of what the oceans have to offer us. Every dive is a good dive!

    Joost

  • Larry
    PADI MDST/Tech

    Larry is Canadian and he learned to dive almost 20 years ago in the freezing mountain lakes of Canada. He has been lucky enough to dive all over the world but he found that he kept coming back to Bonaire. After several trips, he eventually decided to move here permanently in 2012. He particularly loves the challenge of very deep technical dives to remove the lion fish hiding at those depths. He can make a delicious bacon-lionfish on the BBQ!

     Larry

  • Lliane
    Reef Store Bonaire Retail

    Lliane is from Bonaire and likes making home made ice cream, gardening, reading, and dancing. She loves to talk with customers and meeting and speaking with people from many different cultures all over the world. She speaks Dutch, English, and Papiamentu and enjoys making use of her many languages in serving these customers.

    Lliane

  • Luis
    PADI Instructor

    Luis is from Venezuela and grew up on the ocean working with his family. He loves diving so much he went from Open Water to Divemaster with Dive Friends. Luis loves the peace and freedom underwater, and every day finding new things. Above the water he likes rock climbing and riding motorcycles. Luis also speaks Spanish and Papiamento.

    Luis

  • Luke
    PADI Instructor
    SSI Instructor
    IAHD Instructor

    Luke is originally from the UK and he has been diving since he was 12 years old. During his universities studies, he did marine research on the island of Martinique which confirmed his love for the underwater world. He then decided to become a dive instructor so he could share his passion with others and has since working in Thailand, Greece and now Bonaire!

    Luke

  • Martijn
    PADI MSDT/TecRec Instructor

    Martijn grew up in the Netherlands. After a long time working desk jobs, he finally decided to make a change in his life. He rediscovered his passion to travel around the world, meet new people and explore nature. He loves to explore the blue ocean, enjoying the peace of the water. He loves even more sharing this amazing feeling with his fellow divers and students.

    Martijn

  • Peter
    PADI Dive Master

    Peter grew up in the north of the Netherlands. When he was 20, he learned to dive on vacation in Bonaire. He fell in love with Bonaire and the diving life style. Within a few years, he decided to change his life and make the big move to Bonaire, where he then became a diving instructor. Two years on, he still loves his new life on Bonaire. He also loves to share it with his students and to teach them about our beautiful underwater environment.

    Peter

  • Sarah
    PADI Dive Master

    Sarah has recently relocated to Bonaire from Northern California, where she has been teaching yoga for nearly a decade. She began diving three years ago and fell instantly in love. To Sarah, diving is a lot like a long-sustained meditation, giving a person access to being deeply aware of their internal world, while simultaneously experiencing the vast external universe of being underwater.

    Sarah

  • Shaun
    PADI Divemaster

    Shaun was born and raised on Bonaire so he has been swimming and snorkeling his whole life. He started diving when he was 12 years old and loves the feeling of being able to breath underwater. As soon as he turned 18, he completed the divemaster course so he could share his love of diving with others. He loves to meet new people and talk to guests from all over the world.

    Shaun

  • Steve
    MSDT instructor

    Steve originates from the USA, but has been travelling around the world for many years. He has joined us from St Thomas. He started diving at the age of 10 in the Great Lakes. After years of recreational diving, he decided to become an instructor in 2006 in Thailand. Steve thrives on teaching, sign up and get involved in his favourite course to teach: rescue. He’ll soon make it your favorite course too. Got a gear question talk to Steve, the self-proclaimed gear geek.

    Steve

  • Tim
    IDC STAFF Instructor

    Tim grew up in St. Louis, USA but has traveled all over the world. In 2003, he completed his open water certification in Croatia. The water was cold and the visibility was low but he fell in love with diving anyway. He loved it so much that after 250 dives he left his boring desk job to complete his Dive master and IDC in Thailand. Tim loves seeing people transform from nervous students to confident divers.

     Tim

  • Travis
    PADI Instructor

    Travis is originally from Atlanta, Georgia the USA. He started diving in 2000 when he was just 12 years old. He really enjoys finding unusual fish and coral on the reef. He loves to teach because he wants everyone to be able to see the underwater world. Bonaire is perfect for this as it is so easy to dive here. His favourite fish is the Porcupine fish.

     Travis

  • Zara
    PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

    Zara started diving in the cold quarries in Pennsylvania when she was 15 and hasn’t stopped since. She has a passion for Marine Biology and loves trying to spot and learn about new species. She especially loves turtles and seeing a baby one can make the whole week.

    Zara